Photographer's Note

During a yachting trip on Moreton Bay last weekend I was lucky enough to be passed by this attractive old schooner called ‘South Passage'. The red version of the Australian Flag flown from the back is the Australian Red Ensign, a variant of the English Red Ensign which lacks the Southern Cross and other star.

This was the same boat that was seen on the horizon in my previous shot,‘Moreton Bay’.

‘South Passage is a 100 foot long, gaff rigged schooner. She is used mainly to give young people aged between 14 to 17 the experience of a traditional sailing ship. Her annual sailing program takes her from her home port of Manly near Brisbane north to Cairns and south to Wollongong. We are a non-profit volunteer organization.’


• Designer: Rick James B.E. (NA) MRINA (Aust)
• Builder: Steenland Constructions
• Length: 30.5 meters (including bowsprit)
• Beam: 5.8 meters
• Draught: 2.2 meters
• Height: 22.7 meters
• Sail Area: 270 sq. meters
• Displacement: 60 tonnes

She was launched on 23 September 1993 and named South Passage after the channel between Moreton and North Stradbroke Islands. Her maiden voyage with 24 students was in December 1993.


This is probably my last shot posted before Easter as I will yet again be at Maroochydore for four days, so I wish you all a safe and enjoyable time. Hopefully I will return with a few good shots.


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